Thoughts on the Cubs/White Sox Series - Wrigley Field EditionThis afternoon, the first Cubs/White Sox series of the season commences. Since interleague games started in 1997, I cannot recall a time when both teams found themselves atop their respective divisions. Both teams are entering this three-game series coming off series sweeps. The White Sox swept the Pittsburgh Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field and scored a load of runs. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Rays swept the Cubs down in St. Petersburg, Florida. With the exception of last night, the Cubs played great baseball. I guess Carlos Marmol was long overdue for a horrendous outing.
Naturally, I am a Cubs fan and want them to win, but I think the Cubs are clearly the better team at this point of the season. The Cubs are currently on their longest losing streak of the season, only three games. Conversely, the White Sox are inconsistent. They'll play one series where they resemble the 1927 New York Yankees, and then turn around perform like the 1962 New York Mets.
This series is the closest Chicago comes to a World Series environment each season, except for the 2005 World Series that was actually played here. Here are few thoughts for Cubs fans. Let's just win this series and take two out of three. Just focus on keeping the Cardinals and Brewers at bay. St. Louis doesn't seem to drop in the standings, and the Brewers have won four in a row.